Media praise for Encyclopedia of Graphics File Formats

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"'Aha!' cry those who know me well. 'Rob is trying to review a book on graphics. Rob doesn't know anything *about* graphics!' Basically, true. The last graphics programming I did was a vector plot of the Canadian flag on an Apple II. I did learn a bit about file formats in my efforts to 'fill' it with a paint program and add text (usually not possible in the Apple Hi-Res screen) with a Logo utility. My current work doesn't involve much in the way of graphics. I don't read alt.feelthy.peechers on Usenet and I don't even like GUIs. So what use do I have for a book on graphics formats? "As it happens, at the time I received it [this book], the virus research community was looking into a purported virus in a GIF file. The consensus was that the virus was a hoax, but the question remained as to whether it was possible. In very few minutes I had the information that GIF 89a format files may contain an application extension Block. Depending upon the file reader, it could be possible to generate an executable program. "All of which is by way of saying that this work truly is encyclopedic. The promotional material states that it is a resource for graphics specialists, but the book has great worth for others, as well. "The ten chapters in part one offer a brief but wide-ranging overview of computer graphics. Part two gives descriptions and specifications (where possible) for eighty-seven graphics file formats. Bibliographic information is given at the end of each chapter in part one, while an appendix lists further resources. (Note that you may have some difficulty in finding items -- this first printing has disordered pages in the Table of Contents.) "The book also contains a CD-ROM which provides detailed specifications, sample code, sample images, as well as viewers and utilities. The appendix describing the disk also gives directions for accessing the files on the Internet if you do not have a CD-ROM reader. "(One absolutely minor quibble. The authors state up front that file formats are forever. If they do have information on my dusty old Apple formats, however, I can't find it.) "The authors definitely give value for money: that, and then some. They are also to be commended for an enormous and major work which should become a standard reference." --Copyright Rob Slade, Author of Robert Slade's Guide to Computer Viruses

"At last! No more hunting, begging, borrowing, or stealing to find that particular file format information you need -- Here it is. In one place...If you work with graphics files, buy this book. It covers everytning from byte order to tiff headers to bitmap versus vector graphics. It address JPEG and MPEG along with multimedia and animation files. The CD-ROM contains file format specification documents from many vendors, as well as software for viewing, converting, and manipulating files and images. Manuy of the file formats include sample code. The Encyclopedia of Graphics File Formats is useful to file-dissecting neophytes and veterans alike. It is a well-written resource and reference book that you will wonder how you ever did without."

--Pamela Mason, Microtimes Product Spotlight

"From out 1988 unraveling of TIFF to the 1993 examination of FLI, articles on graphics file formats have consistently been among the most popular DDJ has published. An admitted shortcoming, however, is that overall, the information is both inconsistent in presentation and incomplete in coverage...I've often thought that what's needed is a book that examines in detail the various file formats available to programmers. The Encyclopedia of Graphics File Formats...does just this...As its title suggests, [it] is a reference book. As such, it provides a consistent presentation of nearly 100 graphics file formats, ranging from Adobe's Photoshop to Zenographics' ZGM. In between, you'll find the familiar (PCX, TIFF, EPS, QuickTime), alongside the uncommon (FITS, TDDD, VICAR2, SGI YAODL)...Included is a CD-ROM containing code examples, format specifications, sample images, and utilities for manipulating and converting graphics files."

--Johathan Erickson, Dr. Dobbs Journal, July 1994